Thomas Baumgärtel
BRDDR, 2015
spray paint on newspaper, Frankfurter Rundschau 3.10.1990
21,7 × 15,4 inches
(55 × 39 cm)
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Thomas Baumgärtel


Thomas Baumgärtel is the "banana sprayer". He studied art and psychology in Cologne and started marking art institutions with his banana in 1986. What started out as a subjective "evaluation" of the art scene has since then turned into an unofficial mark of quality.

Over the last thirty years Baumgärtel has been commenting on current events in his artwork, such as German Reunification or infringements on artistic freedom. The banana may not always be apparent in all of his works, nonetheless it's rebellious character is an integral aspect of his art.



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Publications

Publication

Thomas Baumgärtel: 2008–2018. German Urban Pop Art

Publisher: Wienand Verlag, Köln, 2019
Klappenbroschur, Deutsch
400 pages, 31 x 24 cm





Vita

1960
born in Rheinberg / Niederrhein

1983
Crucifixion of a banana during the community service time in a Catholic hospital in Rheinsberg

1985 - 1995
Studies Diploma of Psychology, University of Cologne with Prof. Salber and Prof. Heubach

1985 - 1990
Studies of Fine Arts, University of Applied Sciences Cologne, master student of Prof. Franz Thanks

1986
Since 1986, marking the world's most interesting art spaces including Aachen, Basel, Vienna, Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Bonn, Dresden, Hannover, Kassel, Korbach, Mülheim, Moscow , Linz, Zurich, Innsbruck

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Exhibitions

Einzelausstellungen
2017
It's not really about bananas, Raab Galerie Berlin, Berlin.
Pop Art in Deutscher Landschaft (mit Harald Klemm), Raab Galerie, Berlin.
Bananen-Solo, Galerie Kaysser, Ruhpolding.

2016
Nichts ist wie es scheint, Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm.
politische Bilder, Kunstverein Langenfeld, Langenfeld.
Kunst und Kulinarik, Studio 478, Köln.
Früchtebilder und Spraygramme, BEGE Galerien, Ulm.
Heavy Metal@30works, Galerie 30works, Köln.
Schilderwald, Kunstraum Holzmann, Kirchheimbolanden.
Glaub doch, was Du willst!, Galerie Mollwo, Riehen/Basel.
30 Jahre Bananensprayer, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen.
street art, Galerie ART-ECK, Solingen.

2015
Die Kunst zur Freiheit, Klinghammer & Werkladen, Köln.
Freiheit für die Kunst, StadtGalerie, Neuwied.
Not that kind of art, Galerie Malchers, Bergisch-Gladbach.
Cologne, Galerie 30works, Köln.
Auf Messers Schneide, Deutsches Klingenmuseum, Solingen.

2014
30 Jahre - 30 Werkgruppen, Schloss Reuschenberg, Neuss.
Durchblick, Galerie ART-ECK und Haus Müngsten, Solingen.

2013
Wein ist Banane, Frank-Loebsches Haus, Landau.
Transition, Kunsthalle Red Point, Jülich.
Spraygramme@30works, 30works Galerie, Köln.
Am Anfang war die Banane, Herzzentrum, Bad Oeynhausen, Bad Oeynhausen.
Tüte und Banane, Kulturraum Speyer, Speyer.

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